“Stephen Colbert’s PAC Parody Explains Campaign Finance to America (Part 1)” By Paul Blumenthal and Dan Froomkin

The article below looks at a series of videos done by Stephen Colbert on his show The Colbert Report about Super PACs. The article looks at how Colbert explains campaign finance legislation so that the general public can understand it and the problems. Colbert is achieving this through setting up his own PAC and documenting his journey of setting up a PAC and receiving contributions. Colbert’s founding of a super PAC has revealed many of the problems surrounding campaign finance, including “the influence of PACs and unlimited-donation super PACs, secret contributions by big donors, the failure of regulators, and the coordination between campaigns and supposedly independent groups.” The article points out that “forming a PAC can be as easy as filling out a form and asking for money.